in·​ges·​tion in-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce ingestion (audio)
: the act or process of taking in something for or as if for digestion : the act or process of ingesting something
A Cochrane review showed that ingestion of cranberry products may decrease the number of symptomatic urinary tract infections in women …Giovanni Montini et al.
Celiac disease is the immune-mediated response to ingestion of gluten from wheat, rye and barley that damages the small intestine.Valerie Putnam
After two years of almost manic ingestion of book after book—Montaigne, Milton, Seneca, Dante—he began to write Moby-Dick.Andrew Delbanco

Examples of ingestion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ingestion of strawberries during a school fundraiser had nothing to do with the March 15 death of an 8-year-old Kentucky boy, officials said. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2024 The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later ruled the 4-week-old’s death a homicide by ingestion of drugs. Muri Assunção, New York Daily News, 23 Jan. 2024 Reports to poison control centers of kids consuming products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, are on the rise; the largest increase in such reports in recent years is due to intentional ingestion of marijuana edibles among adolescents. Linda Richter, STAT, 5 June 2024 The reaction The World Health Organisation does not consider ingestion of asbestos in drinking water to be a serious risk to human health. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 29 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ingestion 

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ingestion was in 1620

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“Ingestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


in·​ges·​tion in-ˈjes(h)-chən How to pronounce ingestion (audio)
: the taking of material (as food) into the digestive system

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